Watch Metallica’s Kirk Hammett shred the US national anthem as band attend hometown baseball game

The metal icons took part in the annual 'Metallica Night' in San Francisco

Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett shredded-out a version of the US national anthem as the band attended a San Francisco Giants baseball game last night (April 23). Check out footage beneath.

The band were taking part in the sixth annual ‘Metallica Night’ as the Giants went up against the Washington Nationals.

Before drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch, Hammett plugged into his amp and let rip with a heavy rendition of the national anthem.

Speaking to ESPN.com, Hammett described his version as “really unique and different”.

Some proceeds from ‘Metallica Night’ went to All Within My Hands – the band’s own foundation, which offers help to various charities. Individual band members also support them and donate to music education programs and food banks.

“We’re blessed to be doing this every year and being a part of the vibe here,” James Hetfield said (via Blabbermouth). “You know, when times are good, when times are bad, they need the support.”

Kirk Hammett added: “It’s great. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a good opportunity for us to interact with our home team, hometown, and interact with the people of the Bay Area in San Francisco. And for me, it’s a lot of fun to be able to play the national anthem.”

Meanwhile, Metallica are set to continue their WorldWired tour this year and into 2019.

The 34-date run sees the metal icons visiting some places for the first time in decades, with Grand Forks, North Dakota hosting its first Metallica show in 30 years.